Is Rev. Jeremiah Wright determined to scuttle Barack Obama's chances to win the Democrat presidential nomination? With his inability to quiet his Afrocentrism and loathing for America, it would seem so. I don't know if he could do more to aid the McCain campaign, even if he tried.
After Wright's extreme views came to light a month or more ago, he eventually distanced himself from Obama's campaign and disappeared from the limelight for a while, leading us to believe that Obama might recover from his association with such a racist, anti-American pastor.
Then Wright popped up in an interview with ultra-Leftist "journalist" Bill Moyers last week, perhaps hoping to apply a little polish to his own tarnished image, and maybe Obama's too. Since a Leftist could have no better ally in the media than Moyers, perhaps Wright should have stopped there.
But he didn't. Apparently Wright hasn't learned what every successful liberal in public life has learned: to mask his liberal leanings and appear "moderate."
It appears Wright is playing the classic race card, claiming the criticism of his extreme rhetoric isn't an attack on him, but on the "black church."
The last time I checked, the only church that might be said to be "under attack" in connection with Wright is his former church, which had Afrocentric and black liberation material posted on the church website; some of it has been taken down since this controversy erupted.
Further, prominent black minister Bishop E.W. Jackson Sr. said, "I must take a stand against heresy masquerading as Christianity. It is not the media - whether Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Fox News or anyone else - which has attacked the black church. It is Jeremiah Wright who has attacked and undermined the black church. The media has simply done its job of reporting the outrageous anti-American, anti-Christian and unpatriotic statements of Rev. Wright."
Jackson continued: "Rev. Wright does not represent the Biblical Christianity of the black church, and it is presumptuous for him to suggest that he does."
Apparently it isn't simply a bunch of evil or stupid white people who simply don't understand the nuances of "black" preaching styles.
In addition to the Wrights comments highlighted a few weeks ago where he called on God to "damn America," Wright has fresh indictments to make against his country.
From Fox News:
“Jesus said do unto others as you would have them do unto you. You cannot do terrorism on other people and expect it never to come back on you."
So Wright is now saying that the United States is perpetrating terrorism?
Wright also faced a question about his patriotism.”I served six years in the military. Does that make me patriotic?” he asked. “How many years did (Vice President Dick) Cheney serve?”
Benedict Arnold served in the military, yet he betrayed his country. Aldrich Ames served in the CIA, but betrayed his country. Robert Hanssen served in the FBI, but betrayed his country. I'm not saying Wright is in the league of these men; what I am saying is that service to ones country doesn't mean a person can't turn on their country later, and it doesn't purchase a free pass from scrutiny.
More comments from one of Wright's past sermons has also come to light:
“We cannot see how what we are doing is the same thing that Al Qaeda is doing under a different color flag, calling on the name of a different God to sanction and approve our murder,” Wright said in the April 13, 2003, sermon. “Remember it was soldiers of the 3rd Marine Regiment of Rome who had fun with Jesus who was mistreated as a prisoner of war, an enemy of the occupying army stationed in Jerusalem to insure the mopping up action of Operation Israeli Freedom.”
Again we see the honorable actions of the United States military compared to bloodthirsty terrorists who deliberately target civilians.
Wright might also check his history: while the Roman army was the tool which carried out the crucifixion of Christ, the crucifixion was done at the insistence of the Sanhedrin and the mob they stirred up.
No one can deny that black people got a raw deal throughout most of American history. It should be remembered, however, that more white Americans died in the war that set the black slaves free than in any other American war. And man white Americans fought alongside black Americans to end segregation in the 1960s; interestingly, a greater proportion of Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than Democrats.
It's time to move on. It's time to hold individuals and institutions responsible for discrimination, and stop painting an entire skin color with a broad brush similar to the one used against blacks in the past. It's time for all of us to take responsibility for the fruition of Martin Luther King Jr's dream, and start judging not on the color of our skin but the content of our character.
And it's time to quit dishonoring the efforts of our heroes to protect America and promote peace and freedom in the world. It's time to stop encouraging barbaric terrorists and time to get on the side of the good guys.
Can you do that, Rev. Wright? Can you do it for your own sake? Can you do it for the sake of Barack Obama and his association with you? Can you do it simply because it's the right thing to do?